The information provided below is a brief and general overview set out to provide legal information about Canadian court procedure for those facing charges under the Criminal of Canada of Canada or the Control Drugs and Substances Actin Calgary, Alberta. If you or a ‘person concerned’are facing criminal charges, you should consult a criminal lawyer immediately. You may contact our office at 403-585-1960.

By and large, the procedure of most persons will unfold through a similar court procedure. Generally, every person charged with a criminal offence in Canada will go through a similar court procedure. While every case, could undertake its own orientation, the following is an outline of the various steps throughout the course of criminal matter.

First few appearances in Court.

Step 1: First few appearances in Court If the Crown or the Police are seeking to detain you: Bail Hearings Once you have been charged by a member from the Calgary Police Service (CPS) or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the police officer has the discretion to: (a) hold
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Subsequent Court Appearances.

As stated above, if disclosure is not available on the first court appearance, you or your lawyer will have to return court again to collect disclosure.  Again, disclosure is the entire police and Crown case against to.  It is often referred to as "the case to met".   This process
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Pre-Trial Conference is Required in Calgary, Alberta when the Trial Length Estimate Exceeds One Day.

In most jurisdictions in Alberta, a pre-trial conference (‘PTC’)is required when the anticipated trial time based on Crown Prosecutors estimate exceeds one (1) day. This is a meeting between your lawyer, the Crown Prosecutor and a Judge or Justice (depending on the nature of your charges) in Chamber. If you
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Trial Date.

Based on the above, it is apparent that the a number of processes unfold prior to getting to the trial date. A trial usually occurs several months (sometimes even a year or longer) after the offence was alleged to have occurred. At trial, the Crown attorney will lead evidence from
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